Who has time to put in all the effort it takes to get skin so perfect it looks like glass? The poreless, luminous complexion that took over the Interwebs a few years ago is old news. The new thinking: Fake it til you make it with glass makeup. These lip, cheek, and face products have a reflective finish that's chicer than the glittery glosses and highlighters of yore. Plus, the shine they deliver will detract from any complexion imperfections (if you consider them imperfections, that is). Strategic, no?
Matte had its moment and, let’s be honest, it wasn’t super flattering. “Those flat lip colors settle into the little lines and look all crackly,” says New York City–based makeup artist Nam Vo. “I’d rather lips look like juicy candy.”
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Lip gloss is having a resurgence, and this one has a luxurious slip. Bonus: Your hair won't get stuck in it. Promise.
Is it an oil? A gloss? A tint? A gel? It's all of the above.
The serum-like consistency of this tinted gloss feels unbelievably comfortable on your lips.
Glossy highlighters like Beautyblender’s Glass Glow Shinelighter and Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Liquid Illuminator give skin an almost-wet effect that’s so much cooler than the shimmery dusting you get from powder highlighters. The key to application? Exfoliate any “texture” (makeup artist–speak for rough patches) and “moisturize the hell out of your face” before you apply them, says Vo. If the high-shine look is too intimidating, just set your usual makeup with an illuminating face spray, like Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist.
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Swipe this on the tops of cheekbones for an opalescent sheen that that's not at all sticky.
This gel is no shimmer, all shine.
Makeup artists are obsessed with this highlighting stick that delivers natural-looking luminosity.
The lazy girl's trick to radiant skin: Mist this on top of your makeup.
Use the new oil-infused lip and cheek colors anywhere you want a subtle flush with lots of skin-illuminating hydration. So, yes, your cheeks and lips—but why not your eyelids too? The hues are so sheer, you can’t really screw it up.
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Yes, that's a tiny bit of shimmer, but it's sophisticated—the way the "glass makeup" should be.
These multipurpose tints are amped up with an oil infusion for maximum glow.
Don't let the saturated look of this oil fool you: The pigments sink into skin for dewy, barely-there color.